Jay Cutler is in the final year of his contract with a lot to prove, but Josh McCown is doing his best to show the Chicago Bears exactly why Cutler does not deserve a long-term extension.
McCown went into the Bears’ Monday night affair with a total of two starts under his belt in the last five seasons. However, you would have thought McCown was a 10-year NFL starter given his insanely-productive game against the Green Bay Packers. McCown ended the night with two touchdown passes, 272 pass yards and zero turnovers. Needless to say, Monday night was a coming-out party of sorts for the 34-year-old back-up quarterback, who might just push Cutler straight out of Chicago.
Now, I’m not saying that McCown is going to serve as Chicago’s starter for the rest of the decade, but the cap-strapped Bears might just draft a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft instead of throwing the franchise tag at Cutler for the next two seasons, or signing him to a lengthy extension. Cutler has done some great things without a ton of talent around him during his five years in Chicago including 97 total touchdowns and nearly 1,400 passing yards as a member of the Bears.
With that being said, an aging Cutler hasn’t been able to stay healthy in years past and McCown has shown in just a limited period of time that Marc Trestman‘s offense is tailored to the quarterback in more ways than one.